The prelude

The land of 72 waterfalls, and inspiration for Middle Earth.

Hidden in the iconic Swiss Alps just south of the twin lakes, lies a magical place named Lauterbrunnen. Nicknamed the "Valley of 72 Waterfalls", this stunning town boasts some of the most majestic scenery in the world, with stark contrasts between the luscious green landscapes and towering snowcapped mountains. A little-known fact, is that the valley of Lauterbrunnen inspired the infamous Rivendell and other "Middle Earth" landscapes from the Lord of the Rings franchise. In 1911, the 19-year-old J.R.R. Tolkien hiked through the Swiss Alps and based much of his original Hobbit locations on the scenery of the Lauterbrunnen Valley.

The project

The project goals, and how we accomplished them.

Our production team spent several days in the valley trekking through lush meadows, summiting snowy mountain tops and walking on suspension ropes 13,000 feet in the air (yes, really). Our mission was to create a bank of photo and video content to capture the best-kept secret in the Swiss Alps. The video below highlights several Lauterbrunnen staples including the 300m high Staubbach Falls, the Schilthorn summit (where a James Bond movie was filmed) and much more.